Explain your idea in details:
In South Africa the number of Deaf students is far greater that the number of translators available. This app would the assist in bridging that gap. Where there are no qualified translators, the app would allow for the student to still part take in what is being taught in class or in lectures. The app would function on all smart devices. In larger venues like in Universities or large classrooms where microphones are used, the mic used by the lecturer would have to be a mic with multiple small receivers. These receivers would be given to the Deaf students in the class and this would be attached to their smart device (smart phone, tablet etc), near the speaker of the smart device. Once again, as the teacher speaks into the mic, the voice recognition function of the app would pick up the voice of the lecturer directly from the receiver attached to the phone and her spoken words would trigger the 3D motion picture and subtitle function of the app. If the student then wants to find out what someone else is saying within the lecture he/she would remove the receiver from their device and the app would then be able to pick up any other voice in the room and translate whatever is being spoken by that person. The app is not just limited to the school environment but it can also be useful in the family home where there is a Deaf family member. The app will not only be beneficial to the person seeking translation of spoken words but also for those seeking to learn sign language. SENSE really is a universal solution, a step closer to true integration and equal resource distribution.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The app is targeted at the education sector in its entirety. The app would be adaptable in both urban and rural areas with the help of the government. The app will make it possible for Deaf students to go to any school or learning institution they please without having to consider resources or whether or not the school or University permits or provide interpreters. In the stride towards equal education for all, this is definitely a step in the right direction. The success of the app would be measured in terms of the number of schools, Universities and individuals using the app, this would be tracked by viewing the number of downloads or by referring to government records of distribution. In schools and Universities, teachers and lecturers would also be encouraged to give feedback on the app and fr that to be attached to the report given to the department of education. SENSE would also have a webpage available to the general public for general comments and suggestions.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The aim would be to partner with the government. All the schools and Universities on the governments data base would be targeted, but special attention will be paid to schools or Universities that cater for Deaf students. In those schools the app would be introduced into the schooling environment by the government. An appeal would be made to the government to secure one or two tablets (could be more depending on the need) for schools which cater for Deaf students. The app would automatically be installed on the tablet. If the The government would load these tablets with data, enough data to allow for the daily running of the app. These tablets would form part of the school property and so would remain in the school to ensure that they are kept safe. In Universities or in schools where students already have their own smart devices, the app can just be downloaded and installed by the student. The government would fund the development of the app as the it would be for the benefit of South African citizens. The app could also potentially be a profitable investment for the government as it would also allow for other companies to advertise their products on the on it. Small, silent pop up advertisements can be incorporated into the SENSE app in a manner that doesn't take away from the purpose of this app. So we (the developers in collaboration with the government) would then charge the companies we are advertising for, for this service. This income could then be used to cover any extra expenses, to develop the app or it could be invested in other governmental projects.
I'm Mbali Mbunda, I am a 22 year old, final year Law student at the University of Cape Town. I am originally from Durban, the South African home of warm beaches, spices and delectable curries (this would be a good place to mention that I love food and swimming in the ocean). My 3 sisters and I were raised by a single mom. And well I am fortunate enough to have a mother who has been able set quite an example for me with regards to strength and independence and love and hard work. I honestly consider her to be one of the greatest blessings God has blessed me with. With regards to myself, I'm very passionate about finding solutions. Solutions that not only make the lives of people better but solutions which people can benefit from in all sorts of ways. Over the years I've been a part of the Durban Youth Council back home, I have been a part of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation here in Cape Town and most recently I started my own events management company called Basadi MN Holdings (Basadi means women it specifically encapsulates the idea of strong women uniting). This year I'm currently a part of Residence leadership, I am a Sub-warden in my Residence at UCT. It is quite a huge responsibility to be put in charge of a residence, to be trusted with students lives but I'm constantly reminded of the fact that responsibility creates room for growth. I believe great ideas form a huge part of determining or understanding our purpose in this world and I've always believed that ideas are to some extent life giving and so should never go to waste hence my application to the competition.